On Saturday, Christopher Nolan officially released the first teaser for Interstellar, his first film in a post-Batman world. Instead of Gotham City, the director will travel to space, and possibly other dimensions too. The just-shy-of-two-minutes clip revealed itself Saturday, but some keen-eyed fans already received an early taste. Some low-res versions leaked Friday afternoon but were quickly taken down.
So now that everyone can participate in the discussion, we can all talk about how Nolan's latest slow-burns its way into your mind. The teaser relies heavily on archival footage of American achievement: from the family farm to the war to space travel. But things have gone terribly in this world, and we know this because of ominous shots of a corn field, and then ominous shots of a burning corn field. Corn is the only crop available on earth, so humans take to the skies for a story that involves "time travel and alternate dimensions," according to early reports.
Interstellar could be a mess, but at least it looks pretty, with the oranges and greens of the dark, dry landscapes on the barren earth working well with Matthew McConaughey's ashen face. Weirdly, he's the only person in the star-studded cast who appear in the trailer — Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Topher Grace were left on the cutting room floor.
We know Nolan's capable of taking big ideas and making them into an at least somewhat digestible movie, so there's no reason to doubt he can't do it here, despite The Dark Knight Rises' missteps. We don't know much, but this looks promising. That's all we can really say right now.